From the '30s up until the '70s, the old scholars of C.B.C. played for Christian Brothers O.C., commonly known as C.B.O.C. (pronounced 'Seebok'). During this period and particularly in the later years, C.B.O.C. also catered for students from Rostrevor College and Sacred Heart College.
Then in 1974 the name was changed to Rostrevor O.C., presumably reflecting the dominance of players coming from Rostrevor College. However, in the centenary year of C.B.C. school, 1978, the old scholars club was reformed under the guidance of Danny Farrugia & Mick Tomney this time under the name of CBC Old Collegians. The new club was nicknamed "The Brothers".
The club constitution sets out that the club was established "To promote and encourage the playing of the game known as Australian Rules Football and any other games of manly sport by Old Scholars of Christian Brothers College of Wakefield Street Adelaide in the State of South Australia"
The club entered two teams in Division A5 of the SA Amateur Football League during its first season (1978) and commenced using the Bartels Road oval as it's home ground and wearing the famous purple & white vertical striped guernsey. Both the oval and the guernsey are still in use today. The club finished 5th in it's first season and reached the Grand Final in it's second (1979).
In 1986 the then A Grade coach, Mark Travers, suggested a change of image to bolster the club and the official nickname was changed from "The Brothers" to "The Dolphins" reflecting the school crest.
C Grade and B Grade Premierships came in 1984 and 1987 respectively but it wasn't until 1990 that the club first tasted A Grade success. Former West Torrens Captain Aldo Floreani took over the coaching duties in 1989 and added some much needed steel to an already talented group. With the addition of some exciting youngsters from the First 18 and 86 goals of his own boot, at the ripe old age of 42 Aldo claimed the title of our first A Grade Premiership coach when we won the 1990 flag against the more fancied Campbelltown Magill.
Suburban football in Adelaide went through quite a turbulent time throughout the early to mid nineties with the collapse of a number of leagues. May teams folded or merged during this period, ultimately finding their way into the Amateur competition. Despite having one of our strongest ever playing groups, we found ourselves competing against large district clubs who were coming into Amateur League at the time, and further Premiership success proved to be elusive.
We had to wait 14 years for our next A Grade flag when Rocky Butterworth and Jason Austin led the troops in the "Miracle at Salisbury" in 2004. CBCOC's triumphed against all odds when it took on the undefeated Fitzroy. The boys led all day only to be headed with a minute remaining. John Palmer managed to kick the ball forward from a stoppage that cleared the heads of the pack and was perfectly roved by Andy McInnerney. With seconds remaining, Macca duly dribbled through the winner from point blank range.
Following the 2004 Flag CBCOC's played in the 2006 and 2009 Grand Finals losing both before we once again tasted A Grade success in 2018. Playing coach Cail Harris led the Dolphins to a remarkable double with both the A Grade and B Grade raising the Premiership Cup. The A Grade had the greatest season in club history to date culminating in a 70 point demolition of Woodville South in the Grand Final.
Records tumbled throughout the season. We won 18 consecutive games. We won our home 2nd Semi Final against Pulteney by 140 points. Our average winning margin across the season was 75 points. We had the highest percentage of any Amateur Club in the 2018 season and we were the only club to complete the A Grade / B Grade double.
2018 also marked our 40th year Anniversary. The club celebrated in style by naming our best 40 players of all time. 6 time DL Farrugia Medalist Paul Vance was selected in position 1. The top 10 players are listed below.
1. Paul Vance
2. Justin Scanlon
3. Michael Kieboom
4. John Palmer
5. Josh Hegarty
6. Andrew Fabbro
7. Liam Threadgold
8. Alan Magitich
9. Jess Rivers
10. Paul Wadsworth
The club still maintains its strong ties to the school with many ex-students (and teachers) playing for the club and upholding the schools name.
Our core values are Strength, Respect and Loyalty. These underpin everything we do and everything we say. Purple is the colour of success. Cheers Boys Cheers.
1984 – A10 (C Grade)
1987 – A5R (B Grade)
1990 – A5 (A Grade)
1993 – A11 (C Grade)
2004 – Div. 5 (A Grade)
2012 – C4 (C Grade)
2014 – Div. 5R (B Grade)
2016 – C6 (C Grade)
2018- Div. 5R (B Grade)
2018- Div. 5 (A Grade)
2019-Div.4 (A Grade)
Till Morelli – 1984 (Division A10)
Mark Bryson – 1998 (Division 10 South)
Cail Harris – 2015 (Division 5)
Phil Remphrey – 2015 (Division 5R)
Most Games – Matthew Kromwyk, 336 games
Most Goals – Michael Kieboom, 546 goals in 113 games
DL Farrugia Medal – Paul Vance, 6 times A Grade Best & Fairest
1978-82 – Rod Graham
1983 – Errol Hanna/Paul Quinn
1984-88 – Mark Travers
1989-93 – Aldo Floreani
1994 – Brian Clarke
1995-97 – Simon Trenorden
1998-00 – Rocky Butterworth
2001 – Craig Watts
2002-08 – Rocky Butterworth
2009-12 – Darren Jarman
2013 – 2016: Aldo Floreani
2017 - Present Cail Harris